North Carolina State University Extension Specialist Mark Rice offered his findings on depopulation event planning and implementation to the 2015 World Pork Expo Pork Academy attendees. This audio excerpt includes preliminary considerations.
At the 2015 World Pork Expo, Dr. Aaron Lower, DVM, with Carthage Veterinary Services, reviewed current input costs, health issues and production dynamics, and outlined certain goals producers should shoot for to improve profitability.
Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture The 2015 NIAA Annual Conference: Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA, brought out conversations around the issues of water, the perceptions of agriculture by media, and what agriculture groups need to think about in their conversations with consumers, the public, and media.
Dr. Butch Baker, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, shares the results of research on trucks used to haul pigs and how their cleaning protocols impact the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Baker's key messages: Truck washing facilities need to be prepared to support stricter protocols: the payoff is a reduction of herd infections [video].
Dr. Jay Famiglietti, Associate Professor at University of California, Irvine and Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shares data and analysis of the issues of water, with a focus on the current water problems in California. Key message: "Take ownership [of water conversations], clearly articulate the issues, and become industry leaders and stewards" [video].
Euthanasia: Impacts on Caretakers Dr. Jan Shearer, Professor and Dairy Extension Veterinary Specialist at Iowa State University, provides a very personal and emotional view on the impacts of animal euthanasia and what veterinarians today need to better understand. Dr. Shearer shares his own experiences and state of mind when he dealt with mass animal depopulation or worked with farmers during animal disease outbreaks.
Dr. Shearer believes veterinarians today must know about this unpleasant activity (euthanasia) and learn what to expect in terms of human emotional responses, both by vets and by the farmers and ranchers.
An Industry Driven Solution to Implement ADT Dr. Patrick Webb, Director of Swine Health Programs at National Pork Board, provides insight in to how the Swine ID Plan works with the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule. One of the key drivers is the value of pork exports and the need to have a robust swine ID system so as not to lose on exports. Dr. Webb shares a case study of a swine ID program and what they discovered about processes in place to help make decisions when a foreign animal disease occurs.
Beyond Academics With Integrated All-Hazards Response Dr. Deb Zoran, DVM, PhD; Dr. Matt Cochran, DVM, PhD; Dr. Wesley Bissett, DVM, PhD - Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences, summarize emergency response activities and what steps people take in such a situations. Dr. Cochran details several incidents in which the team participated in handling emergency responses and highlights lessons learned.
Will Your Operation Be Labeled As A Dump? Ms. Deb Kristensen, Partner at Givens Pursley, LLP, shares her presentation "When Animal Manure is Regulated like Municipal Dumps", from the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Indianapolis.
Ms. Kristensen points out that new tactics are being developed, using the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) against agricultural operations. This approach is novel and could severely impact all farm operations that have manure.
USDA Update on Implementation of Animal Disease Traceability - Mr. Neil Hammerschmidt, Program Manager, Animal Disease Traceability, USDA APHIS VS; Dr. Jack Shere, DVM, PhD, Associate Deputy Administrator, APHIS Veterinary Services, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team - Beyond Academics With Integrated All-Hazards Response - Dr. Deb Zoran, DVM, PhD; Dr. Matt Cochran, DVM, PhD; Dr. Wesley Bissett, DVM, PhD - Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
An Industry Driven Solution to Implement Animal Disease Traceability in the Pork Industry - Dr. Patrick Webb, DVM, Director of Swine Health Programs at National Pork Board, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.